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Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities

Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities is a grant program initiated by the Bayer Fund, in partnership with FRRR. It aims to help support cotton growing communities across New South Wales and Queensland.

People living and working in rural and regional communities are best-placed to determine the groups and projects that most need support. For the sixth year running, cotton farmers have the opportunity to nominate a deserving not-for-profit community-based group that is undertaking projects and activities that offer clear public benefit. They must be operating with a charitable purpose (i.e. not intended to just benefit an individual).

Recipients could include organisations like early childhood services, halls, community events, meals on wheels, neighbourhood houses, agricultural societies or other local charitable organisations.

Please note: The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Taxation Office. Therefore, applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate a benefit to the wider community and should clearly indicate which other local organisations are involved. 

We encourage anyone considering this kind of nomination
to give us a call to discuss on 1800 170 020.

The recipient not-for-profit group must operate in one of the 14 eligible Cotton Grower Association areas. The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities website also has information about the program, including examples of the kinds of projects that could be funded.

Cotton farmers are invited to nominate a project or group in their local community to receive a $5,000 grant in one of the following 14 Cotton Grower Association areas in New South Wales and Queensland.

  • Darling Downs
  • Lower Namoi
  • Gwydir Valley
  • Macintyre Valley
  • Macquarie
  • Southern Valleys
  • Upper Namoi
  • Central Highlands
  • St George
  • Dawson Valley
  • Mungindi Water Users
  • Dirranbandi
  • Walgett
  • Darling River Food and Fibre (Bourke)

"Thanks so much to the wonderful FRRR staff and the lifeline grant programs they provide for rural and remote communities."

Leanne Brosnan, Thallon Progress Assocation - ACFGC 2018 recipient

Making a nomination

The 2019 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program is now closed.
Please read the Guidelines and supporting documents which provide more information on the nomination process before applying.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. We encourage all farmers to submit their nominations for Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.

We encourage you to review the Grants Gateway How-To Guide to help get you started. You may need to refer to it during the application process. 

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

To begin your application, click on the Nominate Now button below.

We want to make sure that accessing our grant programs is as easy as possible. Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

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For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project please contact Carlene Egan or Vivienne McCrory on 1800 170 020.

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